One-on-One with Alicia Rappoport
By Judy Newell
Alicia Rappoport is a celebrated world-class singer who has lived in San Miguel de Allende since 1992. She travels worldwide performing and just finished recording her fourth CD.
Thu, Jul 9, and Sat, Jul 11, 8pm,
“Tribute to Piazzolla”
Fri, Jul 10, and Sun, Jul 12, 8pm,
“Forbidden Tango II”
San Miguel Playhouse
Ave Independencia 82
250, 300 pesos
Available at Galería Izamal
Judy Newell: When did you begin your performing career?
Alicia Rappoport: I have studied dance since I was four years old. When I was 15, I was called to join the professional dance troupe in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and when I was 18, I went to Chile, where I performed in the chorus of Hair. I started studying singing seriously about 35 years ago. I researched ethnic folk culture and collected Sanskrit, Hebrew, Sufi, Portuguese, African, and Japanese songs that celebrated universal human events and sacraments. I started my career with this repertoire until a Chilean film director, Pedro Sandor, saw my work and told me emphatically, “You Argentinean woman, you have to combine this work with tango!” It took me a while to realize that tango is a transnational language with power to touch almost anyone and is a spiritual expression of Argentinean soul.
JN: What teacher has been your greatest influence?
AR: Joseph McClain is the best teacher, coach, and stage director that I’ve ever met. He founded the Austin Lyric Opera and Ópera San Miguel Concurso. Joe has the skill and talent to release in the singers their full potential as a singer and actor.
JN: What other professional plans do you have?
AR: I was invited to perform in Australia this October for a cabaret festival, and we will be performing three other concerts near Melbourne.
JN: What will you be performing at the San Miguel Playhouse on July 9, 10, 11, and 12?
AR: Two different shows: Tribute to Piazzolla (July 9 and 11) celebrates the music of the most celebrated artistic figure Argentina has given to the world, Astor Piazzolla.
Forbidden Tango II (July 10 and July 12) covers the eternal, and rarely forgotten, traditional tangos. Brilliantly adapted to stage by McClain, “Tango Prohibido” is dedicated to the memory of the disappeared and dead who were left by the dictatorship and to the ridiculous prohibition of so many tangos and popular songs which were censored during two periods of Argentinean history.
I’ll be performing with Gabriel Fernández on bandoneón and Lorenzo Toppano on piano. I am so blessed to be working with these wonderfully talented musicians!
JN: I can’t wait to see these shows! For a sneak peak, check out Alicia’s video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz6RBe-clrw
A special early booking ticket price of 250 pesos is available through July 1. After July 1, ticket prices are 300 pesos, with two tickets for the two different performances at the special price of 500 pesos. Tickets may be purchased at Galeria Izamal, Mesones 80, 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 8pm. Reservations may also be made by calling the Playhouse at (415) 154-1018 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.